Pride Flag for First Time Flies High Above County Administration Center in Downtown SD
During a small ceremony held at the County Administration Center (CAC) Friday morning, a 6ft by 8ft Pride Flag was raised high above the building for the first time ever, in honor of San Diego Pride Weekend. Supervisor Nathan Fletcher, LGBTQ+ County employees and Fernando Lopez, Executive Director of San Diego Pride did the honors.
The Pride Flag, a symbol of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer pride, will be flown all weekend long. Also, on Friday evening at about 7:55 p.m. the CAC and County parking garage on Kettner Blvd. between W. Cedar St and W. Beech St. will be illuminated in the colors of the rainbow. It will be lit every night over San Diego Pride Weekend.
“Flying the LGBTQ+ Pride Flag over the County Administration Center for the first time is a symbolically significant step in the direction of equality,” said Supervisor Fletcher, “But the work yet to be undertaken by our recently established human relations commission and office of equity and racial justice will take our commitment to equality to new heights.”
The protections put in place because of the COVID-19 pandemic have required an adjustment in previously scheduled activities for Pride Weekend.
The Shine Bright with Pride Celebration hosted by the County’s LGBTQ & Allies Employee Resource Group and Supervisor Fletcher planned to happen again this week where the flag raising and building lighting was supposed to take place, but County employees were still excited for the historic occasion.
“While we know there is more work to be done to diminish discrimination, fear, and hate, today’s celebration affirms the County of San Diego’s commitment to equality,” said Ben Parmentier, Chair of the LGBTQ & Allies Employee Resource Group at the County of San Diego, “we thank County leadership for their support and look forward to advancing the ideals of Pride in our service to all County residents”
San Diego Pride Weekend usually involves a parade and many joyous celebrations across the city, but given the current public health restrictions, the San Diego Pride organization has pivoted to a San Diego Pride Live format, hosting virtual events from July 11-18 to mark the occasion.
"Pride is not canceled. In-person mass gatherings are canceled. Nothing can strip away our pride. Nothing can deny us the pride our community has built inside ourselves, our community, or the broader world,” said Fernando Lopez, Executive Director, San Diego LGBT Pride. “With elected leaders in office like Supervisor Nathan Fletcher, who embody the meaning of allyship, I know that we will continue to make progress for our region and our movement."
To get involved in the San Diego Pride Weekend virtual events, visit www.sdpride.org.